Daily Archives: April 13, 2009

Gov. Sebelius vetoes coal bill

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a bill that would have stripped health and environment chief Rod Bremby of authority to go beyond federal pollution limits in denying air-quality permits for two coal-fired plants near Holcomb.

The Legislature passed the bill shortly before adjourning April 3. But the 74-48 vote fell 10 short of the number needed to override a veto. Supporters said then that they planned to use the break to win over more votes.

Here is the text of her news release. Read More »

Where to find ‘tea party’ protest events

Here is a list of contacts and where available, schedules and locations for tax-day “tea party” protests planned for Wednesday. Read More »

Anti-stimulus ‘tea party’ to feature senator, hot dogs

WICHITA — More than 750 people, including U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, are expected to gather near the Wichita airport post office on Wednesday for a taxpayer “tea party” to protest the federal economic stimulus package, organizers said.

“It’s too much money. It’s way too big,” said John Todd, a Wichita real estate agent and pro-business Republican activist who is organizing Wednesday’s demonstration. He said the protesters are also troubled by the prospect of nationalization of key industries such as banking.

“If you want to stimulate the economy, you just need to reduce the taxes and regulations,” Todd said.

Supporters of President Obama and the stimulus say the tea bag protesters are a small, vocal minority and that most working families will see an $800 annual tax cut from reduced withholding that’s part of the stimulus.

“The vast majority of Americans support the effort to turn around the economy,” said Andrea White, communications director for the Kansas Democratic Party. “The American people proved that they don’t want the same failed policies that got us into this.”

Local volunteers and the activist group Americans for Prosperity are organizing the Wichita tea party event, scheduled for 4:15 to 8 p.m.

The demonstration will be held in a field at the corner of Ridge Road and Harry Street near the airport post office.

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